2012 Draft Profile: Terrence Ross
Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 18 pick during the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28. Part five details sharpshooter Terrence Ross, a tall shooting guard from the west coast who has been rising on many teams' draft boards.
PROSPECT: Terrence Ross
POSITION: Shooting guard
WEIGHT: 200 lbs
PROJECTION: picks 10-18
THE LAST TWO YEARS
Originally part of a huge recruiting class for the Washington Huskies, both Ross and his high school teammate Terrence Jones were committed to head coach Lorenzo Romar in April 2010. Jones ended up reversing his decision and heading to Kentucky a month later to join the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, while Ross stayed at Washington and averaged 8 points per game as a freshman in 2011-2012.
Identified before his sophomore season as a possible 2012 NBA first-rounder, Ross proved the scouts right as he broke out in his second year and averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He led the Huskies to the NIT semifinals and averaged 25 points per game in the postseason tournament. A few weeks later, Ross entered the 2012 NBA Draft along with Washington teammate Tony Wroten.
Ross fits the mold of an NBA shooting guard. Standing around 6'6" or slightly taller, he has a long, athletic frame with room to fill out — similar to fellow guard prospect Jeremy Lamb of UConn. Couple his size with above-the-rim ability an outstanding jump shot, and you can see why Ross is appealing to an NBA front office. He's got a very confident jump shot that is effective from both mid- and long-range, and he should contribute to an NBA team right away as a catch-and-shoot guy off the bench. Defensively, his long arms and active motor make him capable defending on the ball or helping from the wing. He showed great improvement from his freshman to sophomore seasons, and NBA scouts are hoping that the progress continues.
Although Ross is probably ready to see some NBA minutes as a rookie, he will need to work on his ball-handling to round out his skill set. In college he would rely mostly on one or two dribbles to get his shot off. He could also use some more bulk to prepare for bringing the ball inside an NBA lane. There have also been some questions about his shot selection and basketball IQ.
WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES
Ross could be a guy that the Wolves bring off the bench as a rookie to provide a shooting spark. Ideally, in a year or two, he would be competing for the starting shooting guard spot as a nice target on the wing for Ricky Rubio's passes.
Although he has been projected to fall to the 18th pick in several mock drafts, there is a large possibility that Ross will climb the ranks and be drafted much higher. There's essentially a battle for the shooting guard rankings between Dion Waiters, Austin Rivers, Jeremy Lamb and Ross, and Ross is the tallest and most athletic of the four. Workouts in the near future will help sort out the order.